Altenahr

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Altenahr
Coat of arms of Altenahr
Location of Altenahr within Ahrweiler district
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Altenahr is located in Germany
Altenahr
Altenahr
Altenahr is located in Rhineland-Palatinate
Altenahr
Altenahr
Coordinates: 50°31′03″N 06°59′19″E / 50.51750°N 6.98861°E / 50.51750; 6.98861Coordinates: 50°31′03″N 06°59′19″E / 50.51750°N 6.98861°E / 50.51750; 6.98861
CountryGermany
StateRhineland-Palatinate
DistrictAhrweiler
Municipal assoc.Altenahr
Subdivisions4
Government
 • Mayor (2019–24) Rüdiger Fuhrmann[1] (CDU)
Area
 • Total14.84 km2 (5.73 sq mi)
Elevation
170 m (560 ft)
Population
 (2021-12-31)[2]
 • Total1,592
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
53502–53505
Dialling codes02643
Vehicle registrationAW
Websitewww.altenahr-ahr.de

Altenahr (German pronunciation: [altn̩ˈʔaːɐ̯]) is a municipality in the district of Ahrweiler, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is the administrative centre for the eponymous collective municipality, to which it belongs. Altenahr is a state-recognised tourist resort and is ranked as a Grundzentrum for state planning purposes.[3]

Altenahr, aerial photograph, 2015

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

Altenahr is situated on the river Ahr, on the northeastern edge of the Ahr Hills. part of the Eifel mountains, approximately 10 kilometres west of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler and about 35 kilometres southwest of Bonn.

Administrative organisation[edit]

The municipality of Altenahr comprises the following parishes: Altenahr, Altenburg, Kreuzberg and Reimerzhoven.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Altenahr borders on the following neighbouring municipalities, listed clockwise from the north: Kalenborn, Grafschaft, Mayschoß, Ahrbrück, Lind and Berg.

Climate[edit]

The annual precipitation is 668 mm which is in the middle third of readings collected for Germany as a whole. 34% of weather stations of the German Meteorological Service record lower values. The driest month is February, the greatest amount of rain falls in July; 1.6 times that of February. However, in general the level of precipitation varies little and is evenly distributed over the year. Only 13% of weather stations record lower seasonal variations.

The town was almost entirely submerged during the 2021 European floods.[4]

History[edit]

Photograph of Altenahr in about 1900.

Altenahr was first mentioned in 893 in the Prüm Urbar.

Incorporations[edit]

On 7 June 1969 the hitherto independent municipality of Kreuzberg, with its 560 inhabitants, was incorporated into Altenahr.[5]

Population growth[edit]

The growth in Altenahr's population related to the present-day municipal area; the values from 1871 to 1987 are based on censuses:[3][6]

Year Population
1815 893
1835 1,066
1871 1,140
1905 1,305
1939 1,737
1950 1,915
Year Population
1961 2,032
1970 2,101
1987 1,758
1997 1,774
2005 1,668
2016 1,869

References[edit]

  1. ^ Direktwahlen 2019, Landkreis Ahrweiler, Landeswahlleiter Rheinland-Pfalz, accessed 3 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand 2021, Kreise, Gemeinden, Verbandsgemeinden" (in German). Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz. 2022.
  3. ^ a b Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz - Regional data
  4. ^ Flooding in Germany: Before and after images from the Ahr and Eifel regions. Deutsche Welle. 17 Jul 2021.
  5. ^ Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz – Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis 2006 Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine, pages 168, 177 (pdf; 2.1 MB)
  6. ^ Statistisches Bundesamt – number of inhabitants in the municipalities on 31 December 2016.